WATCH: US-Japan-ROK Report Launch & Discussion

WATCH: US-Japan-ROK Report Launch & Discussion

Reinvesting in U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Strategic Relations: A Practical Trilateral Agenda

In November 2020, the NCAFP assembled an Emerging Leaders Working Group of ten next-generation scholars and experts from the U.S., ROK and Japan to consider opportunities for and challenges to trilateral relations. Despite a shared desire to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia, trilateral cooperation is at a historic low point resulting from differing threat perceptions and policy approaches toward China and North Korea, lingering anxieties over a U.S. bottom-line approach to alliances, and the reemergence of history issues and strategic mistrust in bilateral ROK-Japan relations.

Members of the Working Group shared a variety of opinions on the way forward for trilateral cooperation and co-authored this NCAFP report on "Reinvesting in U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Strategic Relations: A Practical Trilateral Agenda." The report focuses on policy recommendations for how to manage mistrust and advance common goals, and also addresses key features of the current domestic, regional and bilateral political and security environment.

***Panelists***

Ms. Saeme KIM
Ph.D. Candidate
King’s College London

Dr. Bo Ram KWON
Associate Research Fellow, Center for Security and Strategy
Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA)

Ms. Jessica LEE
Senior Research Fellow on East Asia
Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Ms. Ayumi TERAOKA
Ph.D. Candidate
Princeton University

***Q&A Session Including***

Professor Kuyoun CHUNG
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Kangwon National University

Professor Sara Bjerg MOLLER
Assistant Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Seton Hall University

Mr. Masashi MURANO
Japan Chair Fellow
Hudson Institute

Mr. Andrew I. PARK
Consultant
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

***Opening Remarks By***

Ambassador Susan M. Elliott
President & CEO
NCAFP

***Moderated by***

Ms. Susan A. Thornton
Project Director, Form on Asia Pacific Security
NCAFP

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